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Thatcher's Death Marks the End of an Era

George257 Wrote: Apr 11, 2013 4:09 PM
She was challenged for the leadership. Heseltine ran against her. She won more votes than him, and in fact she won more than 50% of the votes, but the Conservative Party rules at that time required there to be a second round if the incumbent did not win by a certain margin. She failed to reach that margin by 3 votes. If she had not been in Europe fighting Britain's case in the week before the election she might have got those 3 votes. The point is - yes, she was ousted by her party, but she did also choose to step down. None of this is really the main point though. The important thing is what she stood for. It amounts to being self reliant and taking responsibility for your own actions and life.

When Margaret Thatcher was elected England's first female prime minister of England in the spring of 1979, I was 12 years old and my father had been a congressman for less than four months. To me, it seemed as if it would be only a short while until my own country followed suit and elected a woman to serve as president.

Of course, in my mind, it would be a conservative woman, strong willed, committed, determined and articulate. Like Thatcher.

Thatcher served as prime minster for more than 11 years, stepping down only after a power struggle within her own Conservative...